Monday, July 22, 2013

Busy and productive two weeks

The beginning of our trip with our very enthusiastic Assistants. We took a week long trip to visit the Elders in Huambo and Lubando.  We had a great trip with wonderful Elders.  They are having great success and witnessing many miracles. 

We added webcams to the Branch computers so our Elders can better communicate with us. 
This is how you get change when pay for something and they don't have the right get candy!!!
 New supplies for the Huambo chapel. 
Elder Dredge showing us his outdoor well.  President & Elders having a serious map issue!! Where are the district boundaries?
Now the good part.  These 7 men all received the Melchizedek Priesthood while we were there.  What a great compliment to the Branch and the Elders working there. What a blessing it is for all involved.  One of these men was also sustained as a counselor in the Branch Presidency and another one as Branch Secretary.  Both after only two months of baptism.  Miracles are coming forth.

Of course always hungry Elders. I guess even in Huambo they have to eat, and we love to be with them.

On to Lubango!!  How many Elders can you fit in one car?

 At the top of Christo Rei with Elders in Lubango.

 Then a visit to Tundavala...great day with great Elders.
Then back to Luanda to Zone conference going strong

Many more wonderful events that I don't have pictures for at this time.  A total of 12 baptisms these last two weeks throughout the mission.   Two mission papers have been submitted.  Many other miracles in this tiny mission with this army of young men serving so diligently.  We love them and are so very proud of each one of them.  They show us great love and respect.  They serve with honor and every parent should be proud of their son.  Thank you Elders.


  1. Love this mom! What a blessing to be a part of and witness so many miracles! What great Elders you have!

  2. Hi Sister Merrill, thank you for keeping up your blog. It is so fun to see all of the elders and the wonderful things that they are doing. The Lord is truly blessing the people there. Elder Cafferty really enjoyed your visit. He loves you so much already.
    Sharon Cafferty

  3. Love the update! Thanks, mom! Can't wait for the next post ;)

  4. HI President and Sister Merrill!
    We love you and your blog! What exciting times in Angola!
    Love, Darren and Kathy Petersen

  5. Thank you for this blog. You don't know how much I appreciate you doing this. Spencer loves you both and is enjoying working with you and the other elders. What a blessing to have you there:)

  6. Thoroughly enjoyed your blog. It appears you have developed another family with all your missionaries and others in the area. We miss seeing you each week, but with the blogs it is almost as if you are here. Keep them coming.

    Ken and Jan Taylor

  7. Miss you grandma you are really making me jelous of those elders. Love you more called it!!!!!

  8. Love the picture of grandpa with the map or whatever was happening in that picture.

  9. We sure enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for posting it and for all your service. Ann Garn

  10. Great blog!! Keep up the good work. So proud of you and dad!! - Mindy